Paul R. Franklin

Paul Franklin     Paul R. Franklin, 89, of Bloomington, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was reunited with his one true love Catherine on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

There will be a funeral for Paul at 12 PM Saturday November 21, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Deacon Gayle Cyrulik will officiate. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Military rites will be performed by Bloomington Normal American Legion Honor Guard.

Paul was born February 2, 1926 in Bloomington to Joseph Henry and Emma Mae Gibson Franklin. He is survived by four children, Sherri “Shea Ryan” Franklin of Farmer City, Kathleen (Thomas) Dyer of Heyworth, Maria Franklin of Clinton, and Michael Franklin of Bloomington, one sister, Mary Jane Trueblood of Arkansas, four grandchildren, Trisha (Martin) Krylowicz, Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Nash Ryan, Michelle Dyer and Katie Dyer, as well as two great-grandchildren Audra and Natalie Krylowicz. He was preceded in death by one sister Virginia and three brothers Eugene, Lloyd and Bill.

Paul retired from the United States Air Force as Tech Sgt. In 1970 after twenty years of service. He later worked sixteen years as an inspector for General Electric in Bloomington until his retirement. He enjoyed watching Western movies and was very mechanical. He enjoyed tinkering and could fix anything. He also enjoyed taking drives through the country. Paul was very proud of his service to his country while in the United States Air Force and inspired his grandson Nash who is currently serving in the Air Force. He was very proud of all his grandchildren.

The family would like to say a special thanks to all who assisted Paul in his final years, especially Rita, Dora, Lori, and Rocio as well as the staff at Liberty Village in Clinton and all the staff at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center who gave him great care in his final hours, especially Marilyn.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Calvin Leon Johnson,

calvinjohnsonCalvin Leon Johnson, 74 of Bloomington, IL passed away at 9:16am at OSF. ST. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Private family services will be at a later date. Inurnment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home.

He was born on November 14, 1941 in Downs, IL, the son of James and Eunice Whitesell Johnson.

Survivors include his siblings, Taylor Eugene Johnson and Elaine Albergo, both of Bloomington, IL; and nephew, Tony (Angie) Johnson, Silverthorne, CO.

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William H. “Bill” “The Old Man” Peifer

BillPeiferWilliam H. “Bill” “The Old Man” Peifer, 87, of Normal, passed away at Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 9:15 AM at Heritage Manor in Normal.

There will be a private family graveside service at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington in the spring of 2016. Cremation rites have been accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Bill was born March 22, 1928 in Bloomington to Edward and Beatrice Morland Peifer. He married Gayle Lee on December 18, 1948. She preceded him in death on June 2, 1982. He later married Frances “Frankie” Smith January 6, 1984 in Bloomington. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Randy (Andrea) Peifer, John (Sherry) Peifer, Mick Peifer, Paula (Ed) Brown, Pam (Russ) Prunch, Kirk Smith, Chris (Amy) Smith, and Mark (Jill) Smith, Seventeen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren, as well as two brothers Michael (Meg) Peifer and Melvin (Kathleen Torvik) Peifer. He was also preceded in death by one sister Delores Roberts and one brother Edward Peifer, Jr.

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force before beginning a 55 year career with his family at Peifer’s Market, where he was fondly known as “The Old Man”, and was a 61 year member of the Heyworth American Legion.

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Donald Eugene Tincher

Donald Eugene Tincher, 91 of Bloomington, passed away on Thursday (November 12, 2015) at 1:36am at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, IL.

Don’s memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6:00pm at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL, with Pastor Beck Barrow officiating.

Don was born on November 21, 1923 in Arthur, IN the son of Gilbert and Roxie McCafferty Tincher. He married Connie Powell Keown on July 6, 2003 in Waynesville, IL.

He is survived by his wife Connie of Bloomington, his granddaughter; Morgan Daub of Vincennes, IN, Stepson; Ira (Donna) Keown of Devine TX, step-grandsons; Curt Keown of Bloomington and Jason Keown of Lytle, TX and 4 great grandchildren. Don is preceded by his parents, his first wife; Margaret, son; Donald Tincher and sister; Mary Kinder.

Don served in the US Navy and rejoined and served and retired from the US Army. He served in WWII and the Korean War. After his service he worked for the FPS (Federal Protection Service) as the Regional Supervisor serving as security for President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson.

He attended the United Methodist Church of Waynesville, IL he was a member of the Devine, Texas VFW and loved to play Bingo.

Don was truly a warm hearted and generous man always wanting to help people in need. He will be missed and loved dearly by his wife and family.

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Nina Beck

Nina BeckNina Beck, 90, of Chenoa, formerly of Downs, passed away at 11:37 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 4, 2015) at the Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa.

Nina’s service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Burial will be at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs. Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Meadows Mennonite Home, Chenoa, IL.

Nina was born June 2, 1925, in O’Kean, Ark., the daughter of James R. and Nellie Shelton Dean. She married Warner W. Beck on April 19, 1957, in Normal. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1999.

She is survived by her daughters, Melinda (Michael) Schopp, Heyworth, and Brenda (Michael) Schmall, Matthews, N.C. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Dusty and Corey Schopp, and Gabrielle Schmall; great-grandchildren, Landen and Emmett Schopp; and her sister, Pauline Shoemaker, Downs.

Nina was preceded in death by both her parents, three brothers and four sisters. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Normal and worked at Nestle Beich for 30 years, retiring on July 24, 1987.

Nina loved reading her Bible every day and gardening. She dearly loved her family, especially spoiling her grandkids. She will be deeply missed by all of them.

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Edward L. “Eddie” Seth

EdwardSeth     Edward L. “Eddie” Seth, 62 of Downs, IL passed away at 1:44 AM on Tuesday, November 03, 2015 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal IL.

A Private family graveside service will be held Friday, November 6, 2015 at Hopewell Cemetery, Downs, IL. Visitation will be 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL. The family suggests memorials be made to Wish Bone Canine Rescue 1303 Morrissey Drive, Bloomington, IL. 61701.

Eddie was born October 4, 1953 in Bloomington, IL the son of Guy and Grace Richardson Seth. He married the love of his life Renee Smith Reynolds on October 22, 2001 at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Michael (Diana) Reynolds, Downs, IL; and Megan (Eric) Knock, LeRoy, IL; three grandchildren, Michaela Rose “Princess” Reynolds, Downs, IL; Evan Michael “Superman” Reynolds, Downs, IL; and Erika Marie Knock, LeRoy, IL; mother-in-law, Mary Smith, Downs, IL; father-in-law, Donald Smith, Gillum, IL; sister-in-law, Carman Pickering, Bloomington, IL and her son Joseph Pickering
Brother-in-law, Derek Smith, Bloomington, IL and his children, Stephanie (Jason) Penn, and their children, Taylor and Halle Penn, Robert (Pam) Smith, Bloomington, IL, and their children, Destiny and Jordan Smith

He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Guy Jr. “Buster” Seth, and his nephew Charlie Reynolds Shepard.

Eddie had worked for the City of Bloomington for over 25 years. He will be fondly remembered by his many friends and co-workers. Eddie was an avid Chicago Bears Fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family. Eddie was a loving, husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be missed by all who knew him.

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Doris Ann Weihmeir

Doris WeihmeirDoris Ann Weihmeir, 71 of Minier passed away Saturday October 24, 2015 at 10:22 PM at her home surrounded by family.

There will be no service. Cremation rites will be accorded. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Doris was born December 29, 1943 in Bloomington. She was adopted by Clarence and Ida Lee Weihmeir of Hopedale in February 15, 1948. She married Gary Loser in 1965, Jack Wadley on November 5, 1983 and Charlie Carpenter on July 1, 2004.

Doris is survived by her children, Cindy (William) Fisher of Bay City, MI, Theresa (Peter) Bajor of Boca Raton, FL, and Garrett (Jennifer) Loser of Minier, eleven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister and caregiver, Mary Lou (Frank) Kelso of Birch Tree, MO, her special friend of over ten years, Dave Reynolds of Topeka, IL and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband Jack Wadley, one sister, Grayce Powell, one grandson Kenny Van Slyke, and one niece, Alicia Stewart.

Doris graduated from Hopedale High School in 1961 and attended Lincoln College and Midstate College. She loved her family and dogs, the outdoors, motorcycles and photography. She drove a semi-truck for 40 years as well as serving as a waitress and driving a school bus.

A special thank you is to be given to Safe Haven Hospice for all the help and care they gave Doris.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rescued Heart Animal Hospital in Pekin and can be made online at

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Charles Richard Wetter

Charles WetterCharles Richard Wetter, 88, of Normal passed away at 8:23 AM on Thursday October 8, 2015 at his residence.

There will be a funeral service for Charles on Monday October 12, 2015 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal at 11 AM. Reverend Randy and Reverend Debbie Reese will officiate. There will be a visitation two hours prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Saginaw, Michigan. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

Charles was born in South Bend, Indiana on January 17, 1927 to Robert “Jack” and Sadie Cocanower Wetter. He put himself through Purdue University as a journeyman electrician, graduating as an electrical engineer. He worked for National Electronics in Geneva before joining General Electric in Bloomington. He designed their High Current Testing Lab. He was also on the NEMA committee representing the Bloomington Manufacturing plant. He was also a consultant for G.E. liability cases. He had several patents for G.E. Later he was manager of the High Current Testing Lab. He was employed by G.E. for 33 years. He was also a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. While he lived in Geneva he was a Scout Leader during the years 1963-1965.

He first married Elinor Vance. On June 4, 1977 he married Jean A. Richmond in Normal, she survives. He is also survived by his three sons, Scott (Mary) Wetter of Champaign, Robert (Brenda) Wetter of Decatur, and Richard (Kari) Wetter of Indianapolis, ten grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three step-children, Janet (Tom) Pittman of Seabrook, TX, Mark (Tanya) Richmond of Bloomington and Renee (Robert) King of Annandale, New Jersey as well as four step-grandchildren, three brothers John (Marylou) Wetter of Des Peres, MO, Tom Wetter of Oakman, Alabama, and Dennis (Judy) of Bradenton, FL.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Stephen and Stewart and one sister Kathryn Thornburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Baby Fold or to Calvary United Methodist Church.

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Margaret Camilla Adams

MargaretAdamsMargaret Camilla Adams, 91, Bloomington, IL passed away at 2:45pm on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at her residence.

Private family services at a later date. Private family inurnment at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be mailed to The Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF-Saint Francis Medical Center, 530 NE Glen Oak, Peoria, IL 61637. Cremation services were provided by Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, IL.

Margaret was born on August 3, 1924, the daughter of John and Sarah Walsh Coughlin. She married William Harry Adams Sr. on January 11, 1947 in Bloomington, IL; he survives.

Also surviving are her sons, Michael (Sue) Adams, Rio Rancho, NM; and William (Linda) Adams Jr., Normal, IL. One sister, Mary Adams also survives, along with four grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

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Ellen R. Hendrix

EllenHendrixEllen R. Hendrix, 97 of Bloomington, died at 2:28 AM Sunday September 20, 2015 at Advocate BroMenn Hospital in Normal, Illinois.

There will be a Memorial Service for Ellen on Saturday October 24, 2015 at 1 PM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington, Illinois. Reverend Don Jones will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Memorial Home. Inurnment will follow the service, at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Bloomington.

Ellen was born January 19, 1918 in Liberty Center, Indiana to Bert and Fay Coquelette Petty. She married Thomas Hendrix on June 6, 1944 in Illinois. He preceded her in death in April, 1994 in Bloomington. She was also preceded by two brothers, Mason and Cecil Petty and one son, Alan Thomas Hendrix.

She is survived by her two daughters, Charlene (Carla Hoskins) Elle En of Williamsport, IN and Lillian Hendrix of Lafayette, IN, four grandchildren, Nathan (Tannis Fuller) Holland, John (Rebecca) Constantine IV, Kasim Alan Hendrix, Christopher (Teegan) Constantine and five great-grandchildren, Aidan, Jackson and Chloe Constantine and Oliver and Cary Fuller.

In 1939 Ellen graduated from Illinois State Normal University in Normal with a degree in Education. She then taught in Junior High’s around Illinois until she retired in the late 1980’s. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Normal. In her free time Ellen loved to read and write poetry. She also shared her late husband Tom’s passionate involvement in South African issues of justice and equality.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.

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